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Into Great Silence Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
Despite his restrictions, Groning finds light and shade, contrasting the natural - more chaotic world - with the regimented life within the cloister.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
January 15, 2008
Something to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
January 7, 2008
The Silence Before Bach: Illuminates a complexity of ideas, including the passive reflection prior to creative conception and organic to musical formulation and the space between sounds, that fascinate the filmmaker, both musically and cinematically.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 27, 2007
By the final third of the documentary, we evolve to a state of envy - envious at their resolute commitment and their utter faith - and even the most cynical atheist might find himself convinced that if anyone will find God, it is these men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brandon Fibbs
Christianity Today
June 25, 2007
I have never before experienced a greater example of utterly transcendent filmmaking.
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 21, 2007
[Director] Gröning creates a trance-like rhythm of visual and aural patterns, ranging from the repetition of duties and behaviors to biblical quotations.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 25, 2007
Gröning shows us, instead of telling us, what this life entails. Through this organic approach, Into Great Silence allows the audience to experience, at least for a few hours, the same enviable sense of peace these men carry with them.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4

Los Angeles Daily News
May 19, 2007
This Silence is truly golden.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
May 15, 2007
The only place the camera doesn't go is the brewery. That's where the monks bottle their world famous Chartreuse liqueur, which sustains them financially.
| Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 13, 2007
This wondrously meditative documentary is an artistic portrait depicting solitude. The fact that there is no narration, no dialogue to speak of is remarkable in itself.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 5, 2007
More visual meditation than documentary
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 4, 2007
This 2005 feature is demanding to say the least, but its pulse-slowing rhythms leave a real sense of peace.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 27, 2007
A transcendental piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 27, 2007
At once eerie, picaresque, evocative, and utterly alien to the reality most viewers inhabit, Into Great Silence is a daring and breathtakingly constructed documentary dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 26, 2007
A wonderfully quiet, serene portrait of Carthusian life edited to reflect the rhythm of the monastic regimen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 7, 2007
If you can slow your personal pace down sufficiently to spend 162 minutes with these monks, your life might be changed.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 5, 2007
As a place to enter and meditate, Into Great Silence is imminently worthy, but as a documentary, it doesn't do enough to probe the meaning of the quotation Gröning returns to repeatedly: "Oh Lord, you have seduced me, and I was seduced."
Read More | Original Score: B
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
April 4, 2007
Moving, impressionistic, and worth slowing down for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 30, 2007
On a philosophical level, Into Great Silence emphasizes the virtues of the ascetic life, returning again and again to the idea of giving away all possessions in order to become a true disciple.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 29, 2007
At nearly three hours, this overlong and repetitive film is not for everyone, but patient viewers will find their time well-invested.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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